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Statement by Philip Ellender, President & COO, Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

As he and his allies in the Democratic party have done many times over the past four years, Sen. Harry Reid singled out Charles Koch and David Koch on the Senate floor today. Senator Reid falsely accused the Kochs of trying to “buy the country” because they have exercised their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association.

Sen. Reid’s comments came in response to Senator McConnell’s criticism of the IRS’ proposed regulations of 501(c)(4) organizations, which will codify the IRS’ illegal targeting of conservative and free market organizations during the 2012 election cycle. The proposed IRS regulations and Senator Reid’s attack on the Kochs are the latest efforts by the Democrats to try to intimidate and silence their political opponents, which have been going on since 2010.

Sen. Reid’s divisive remarks were not only disrespectful and beneath the office he holds, they were indicative of what lengths he and his Democratic allies will go to eliminate and silence their political opposition. We applaud Sen. Mitch McConnell, who has shown great courage today and throughout his career in defending First Amendment rights for all Americans.

Charles Koch and David Koch will continue to exercise their First Amendment rights to advocate for their fundamental beliefs in individual liberty, limited government, and the promotion of policies that help people improve their lives.